Friday, January 25, 2013

Light, Fun Romance -- Secretly Smitten

About the Book

Summer, fall, winter, spring-Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic-a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?

The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters-Tess, Clare, and Zoe-and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Join popular romance novelists-and real-life BFFs-Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

My Thoughts

Secretly Smitten is a fun, light romance that will leave you feeling good.  Although the book is made up of four stories written by four different authors, the pieces flow together into one well-connected story.  I don't believe I would have known there were different authors if no one had told me.

The town of Smitten sounds like the perfect backdrop for romance, and there is plenty of romance to go around for Anna and her girls.  One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is how each section has a different main character, but the whole cast keeps showing up.  And the family mystery that flows from decades ago to the present is an important, yet sometimes subtle, thread that ties it all together.  The individual romances seem to come together at somewhat of an unrealistic pace, but that's pretty much necessary in the setting of such short stories.   

Secretly Smitten can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, but reading Smitten (the first book in the series) would make references to some of the people and events more meaningful.  And there is more romance still to come in a third visit to Smitten, Vermont, in January of next year. 

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Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Find out what other readers think about Secretly Smitten here.

About the Authors

Meet "The Gals": 

* RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including "Tidewater Inn", and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.
* Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include "A Billion Reasons Why" and "What a Girl Wants." 
* Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including "A Cowboy's Touch" and "Sweetwater Gap." She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. 
* Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.
Find out more about Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt here.

The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They'll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They'll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don't miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.

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